SpaceX will try again to launch its newest Falcon 9 rocket

Ismael LynchMay 12, 2018

Falcon 9 Block 5 is created to be capable of 10 or more flights with very limited refurbishment as SpaceX continues to strive for rapid reusability and extremely high reliability.

The rocket's onboard computers halted the countdown about one minute before the newly minted Block-5 edition of the Falcon 9 was set to blast off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on its maiden mission, to carry a communications satellite into orbit for Bangladesh.

After liftoff, the rocket made a successful upright landing on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean, marking the 25th successful touchdown for SpaceX.

The Falcon 9 Block-5 comes equipped with about 100 upgrades for greater power, safety and reusability than its Block-4 predecessor. Central Time with the deployment of the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 into geostationary orbit.

SpaceX has successfully landed its Falcon 9 Block 5, the rocket that will used to transport astronauts to the International Space Station.

So far, the first-stage boosters have been recycled once, for a total of two flights apiece. Insane hard. We still need to demonstrate it. The spaceship portion of the BFR system could begin short-hop testing, similar to the Falcon 9's early Grasshopper test flights, as early as next year.

"With the launch of Bangabandhu-1, we are hoisting our national flag into space".

The updated rocket is created to be reusable, which would drastically reduce costs of trips to space.

"Would you rather fly in an aircraft that has never had a test flight before or would you rather fly in an aircraft that has flown many times successfully?" he said.

Enhanced rocket reusability also is a core tenet of Musk's broader objectives for normalizing space travel and ultimately sending humans to Mars. That's more than half of the estimated overall $62 million price of the Falcon 9, according to various trade publications. That's how the company intends to shave launch costs. The constellation's first prototype satellites were sent into orbit in February, and within the next few years, Starlink is expected to become a major contributor to SpaceX's bottom line.

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